From the start the garden has been run on democratic principles by an elected management committee of up to eleven trustees, many of them active plot-holders. Trustees are vital to our success. They require a raft of talents, particularly in gardening, administration, computer competence, skills with people and fund-raising. They coordinate and support the valuable work done by members, friends, volunteers and trustees.
Who is on the Committee?
Currently our Trustees are:
- Dorothy Boswell
- Nikki Burkes
- Jeff Patti (Chair)
- Pauline Lord
- Paul Thompson
- Morgan Le Gall Roberts (Secretary)
- Stephen Mullin (Treasurer)
- Shakir Razak
What does the Committee do?
Culpeper Community Garden’s Committee meets every two months with the Garden Workers in attendance. The committee are responsible for the running of the garden, employing paid workers, managing our finances and making sure that policies and procedures are in place are fit for purpose and implemented [eg safeguarding, garden rules], and raising the £65,000 a year we need to keep the garden going.
Who can be on the committee?
Any garden member is eligible. You must be recommended by two other garden-members. One will “propose” you and the other will “second” you in writing. After this members will vote for you at the AGM. One third of trustees places are up for re-election at each AGM.
What’s in it for me?
You get to make decisions about how Culpeper is run, and can thus support this fantastic garden and the vital community work it does. You can develop your management skills, and work alongside a groups of experienced committed trustees.
What is a Trustee, and what are the responsibilities?
A trustee is a more formal word for a committee member. Trustees make key decisions about Culpeper and are ultimately responsible for it. Culpeper is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which limits trustee liability. Our registered Charity number is 291156.
Ideally Trustees should commit to attending at least five meetings per year. Meetings take place every two months, usually on Wednesday evenings, between 7 and 9pm. We especially welcome people with gardening, finance, personnel, fundraising, writing, IT and media communications skills and experience.